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Mel Asberry

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Mel Asberry is an experienced Designated Airworthiness Representative specializing in Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft. He and his wife, Ann, have built seven amateur-built airplanes including two ultralight types, a Moni Motorglider, a Dragonfly Mk2, two RV-6s and a Zenair CH 601HDS. They are currently building a scratch-built biplane.

Importing From Canada, Selling in Phase I

Question: There is this nice RV-4 available for sale in Canada. It’s been built by an experienced builder. They have flown the airplane for...

What’s the DAR’s Role?

Question: I know that you are active on the Van’s Air Force (VAF) site, so I thought I might direct some questions to you...

A Highly Modified Gyroplane and a Piper, Christavia, Bearhawk, Zenith Mashup?

Question: I am building a gyroplane from pieces of an RAF 2000. I will be building my own frame with dropped keel and main...

Changing the Propeller, Can I Add Seats?

Question: I am upgrading the propeller on my aircraft and was wondering if you might be able to help me out. My situation is...

Ask the DAR

Heeding manufacturer overhaul times, about the repairman certificate.

Ask the DAR

Modifying different types of Light Sport Aircraft, updating Phase II operating limitations.

25+ Years with an RV-6

The story of N168TX.

Ask the DAR

Licensing a partially completed project. Does major repair work count as building?

Ask the DAR

Hiring a professional build center to build an Experimental Light Sport Aircraft.

Ask the DAR

LSA weight increase, compass requirements, gyroplane DARs, E/A-B inspector eligibility.

In Case You Missed it

Temporary Downdraft Paint Booth

The complete assembled paint booth. The 90-degree dryer vent connects to the board...

Split Decision

Building a vertical-split cowl for an RV-7A.

Turbine Legend

Let’s celebrate the return of some very fine whine.

Under New Management

An inside look at EFII's all-new electronic engine control system for Experimental Lycomings.